The former Australian PM admits he once courted the mogul’s mastheads but now says democracy is at stake‘Culture of fear’: why Kevin Rudd is determined to see an end to Murdoch’s media dominance | Media | The Guardian
Petition set up by the former PM caused problems for the Parliament House website after more than 38,000 people signed in 24 hoursKevin Rudd petition calls for royal commission into News Corp domination of Australian media | Media | The Guardian
The PM wants to repeal laws my government introduced to protect Australians – and the banks are popping champagne corksUnder the cover of Covid, Morrison wants to scrap my government’s protections against predatory lending | Banking | The Guardian
“No government should let a single company control the biggest newspapers in every capital city bar one, plus a television station, plus the national newswire,” Rudd said. “Let alone an American billionaire like Murdoch‘Instinctive monopolist’: Kevin Rudd attacks Murdoch over News Corp rival to AAP newswire | Media | The Guardian
Australia has become a dangerously complacent country, dancing to the reactionary tune of the Murdoch press (Rudd)
So what should be done about the rolling crises washing over what remains of the Australian media? Rupert Murdoch has been up to his neck in the elevation and removal of Australian prime ministers for the better part of a decade. The ABC has seen the conservatives politicise its board, demolish its funding and pressure its management to get rid of troublesome journalists. And now we face the prospect of the disappearance of Australia’s longest, independent print masthead (Fairfax) as it is consumed by a television company (Nine) which is chaired by Peter Costello.
If ever there was a case for a full royal commission into the abuse of media power in Australia, it is now. A free media is the lifeblood of a democracy. But media freedom in Australia is now under structural threat from a combination of extreme ideological conservatism, fuelled by rampant commercial interests.
I believe Rudd in this instance. News Corp wants to see Sky as Fox News is in the USA, So does the IPA and the Conservatives in the LNP government. Australia is fast becoming embarassment to itself allowing all our current public institutions to become politicized by the appointment of heads as in Treasury recently. Murdoch and the IPA are the voices of Corporate lobbyists. They make mistakes at times and regret the Royal Commission into Banks but are calling to socialize the energy sector.
How obvious is this. Abbott destroyed the NBN, tried to do the same to the ABC and wants to kneecap Renewables and News Corp and the IPA have been behind this American business model and Dream all the way currently ranking us the worst in the world on Climate inaction (ODT)
In October last year, he suggested the Coalition government was deliberately hamstringing the NBN at the behest of Rupert Murdoch, who he said wanted less competition for his cable television network.
Then in November, Rudd used the Saturday Paper to call for no less than a Royal Commission into what he called the News Corporation “cancer” and its impact on democracy — in spite of the fact, as writer Karen Middleton pointed out, that the company had backed his rise.
Author’s note: Today I have given over my daily post to a repudiation by Kevin Rudd of the Murdoch press. At the end I have included the AUSTRALIAN PRESS COUNCIL REGULATIONS. ANOTHER MURDOCH TABLOID WHOPPER With all the recent coverage of Turnbull’s telephone encounter with Trump, I missed a story run on 1 February 2017…
There was always a significant public appetite for Rudd’s return. Not so with Abbott.
Source: Why Tony Abbott is no Kevin Rudd
In the past 48 hours we seem to have been flooded with people desperate to compare Tony Abbott to Kevin Rudd. This is supposed to be an insult, a way of bringing home to Abbott just how gauche his undermining of Malcolm Turnbull has become. And it’s true that Rudd hurt himself in the eyes of many Australians, especially Labor voters, with his long campaign to destabilise Julia Gillard.
Tony Abbott’s previous interventions pale in comparison with his contributions to a story in the Australian
I re-watched Whiplash the other day. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a terrific, morally indefensible movie about a music teacher who pushes a young jazz drummer to greatness. Its unusual central message is that abuse works. Bigoted insults, physical assault, even driving a student to suicide are all justified, if these tactics produce one Buddy Rich clone 50 years past its use-by-date.